ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Stenglein is resigning to become head of the Minneapolis Downtown Council.

Stenglein, who was first elected to the Board in 1996, will succeed the current Downtown Council President and CEO Sam Grabarski, who is retiring.

The Council recently unveiled an ambitious goal for revitalizing downtown Minneapolis by 2025, including renovation of Nicollet Mall, completing light rail, and building a new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

Stenglein was the fourth and deciding vote on the Hennepin County Board for a new Minnesota Twins stadium at Target Field.

Stenglein was first elected to the Hennepin County Board in 1996, and is currently vice chair.

He represents the 2nd District — including Plymouth, Medicine Lake, Crystal, Golden Valley, North Minneapolis and Northeast Minneapolis.

He is expected to step down at the end of May.

Comments (7)
  1. Report This says:

    He is responsible for taking away the citizen’s right to vote and then raising their taxes for the benefit of the billionaire Pohlad family.

    He has voted to spend millions of extra dollars on bridges to make them “prettier”.

    He is a fiscally irresponsible socialist.

    Good luck Minneapolis.

  2. Fair is Fair says:

    It’s interesting that yet another white male is elevated to another high-paying job with another pension. Stenglein is another of those same liberal Democrats who pass laws requiring racial and gender quotas on everyone else in business, education, and so on, but when it comes down to their own interests, diversity means nothing. Minneapolis will keep buying what they are selling even though they never practice what they preach.

  3. Nancy says:

    The sales tax he inflicted on the hapless citizens of Hennepin County will cost each person $30 per year for $30 years.

    That’s $900 from your pocket into the billionaire Pohlad’s pockets.

    Maybe in his new position he can abuse even more people on behalf of the billionaire Piggy Wilf.

  4. politiciansSUX says:

    show me the money. I love our political sysstem. What party is he from? Come on, was it the left or right that used a government job to get another government job to take more tax payer money and redistribute it to himself and what he wants to spend it on?

  5. Disappointed Disappointed says:

    I agree with the first four comments. Tax and spend Stenglein. Shoving the stadium down the throat of the working man that has to pay for it. Shameful he is. Disappointed we are.

  6. Don says:

    I Voted for Stenglein And am happy to spend $30.00 a year to be able to go to Target Field. A large part of evey dollar a person spends goes to Millionaires and billionaires who run the big corps.

  7. Murph says:

    It’s but a drop in the bucket when it comes to burdens.Gov’t contracts in exchange for political donations would dwarf Bernie Madoffs take home pay! Plus hundreds of other scammers too! They got us all by the shorthairs thru having to much power and too little respect for those less fortunate! We will put those kinds in the REX 84 camps they built for US! When the money,jobs and what little remains of civility to civilians run out!We will put them in their proper place! Not a threat,just an obvious “don’t tread on me” reaction that we are famous for and for what we are witnessing! Since they love exclusive “gated” communities.We will give them 800 + to pick from! Right Jesse?

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